Cape May’s New Convention Center Opens


A mild winter, and a warm spring had construction crews working on the Cape May Convention Center completing the $10.5 million, 20,000-foot structure and opening it in record time.

City officials feel the new convention center will add great value by bringing in conventions, trade shows, educational conferences and social events, turning Cape May into a year-round destination.

The convention center boast a concrete sub floor that is overlaid with insulation and topped with a bamboo floor, which is green, renewable, and will make for perfect acoustics.

The performance area at the new hall is backed by a 42-foot by 18-foot glass window overlooking the ocean; the layered glass conforms to Miami-Dade code requirements and is strong enough to withstand hurricane-force winds. The glass is tinted to keep out excessive heat. The building also is equipped with solar panels for greater energy efficiency. There is no fixed stage; stages of varying sizes will be rented to make the center adaptable to many kinds of events. The audience area will include 700 seats, with 250 additional seats on telescopic risers.

An outdoor deck which measures 75-foot by 25-foot deck on the west side of the hall will be equipped with rocking chairs, perfect for sitting, relaxing and enjoying the view. Two 1,000-square-foot retail spaces are included in the front of the building.

Convention Hall will be home to a series of concerts, including the Cape May Music Festival and Stockton Goes to the Beach in Cape May.

Jay & The Americans
Monday • July 9 • 8:00pm
Dave Mason
Monday • July 16 • 8:00pm
The Lettermen
Monday • July 23 • 8:00pm
Satisfaction
Monday • July 30 • 8:00pm
The Outlaws
Tuesday • July 31 • 8:00pm
“Ricky Nelson Remembered”
starring
Matthew & Gunnar Nelson
&The Stone Cayon Band
Monday • August 6 • 8:00pm
The Association
Monday • August 13 • 8:00pm
Gary Puckett
Monday • August 20 • 8:00pm

Cape May’s new Convention Hall will formally open May 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. The public is welcome to attend the grand opening ceremony. Peter Nero, Music Director of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra will perform a concert to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Cape May Convention Hall 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26 on Beach Avenue in Cape May. Tickets are available at The Civic Affairs Office in Cape May City Hall, 643 Washington St., at http://www.capemayrecreation.org or by calling (855) 708-9699 or (609) 884-9563.

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